August’s First Thursday Reviewed

August’s First Thursday was another great evening event. The sidewalks were crowded and music filled the air. It’s always fun running into old friends and meeting new ones.

Restaurants: We had an excellent meal at the Beach City Grill.  The BCG specializes in Cajun and Creole Cuisine.  Our host, Stu, served an excellent  Gumbo ‘Ya Ya’.  For the less adventuresome he fixes a tasty juicy cheese burger with sweet potato fries.  We were entertained by Marcus Carlton’s delightful guitar virtuosity. It provided an excellent background to the meal  You’re in for a real treat visiting San Pedro’s restaurants.  We’re looking forward to sampling another one of the Downtown’s unique restaurants in September. The cuisine ranges from English Pub to Mexican Cafes, Mediterranean to Italian, Japanese to California Cuisine, Thai, Organic Raw Vegan Cuisine, Cuban and others. Plan on visiting a new or favorite restaurant when you visit September 7th’s First Thursday.

Shops: Take a walk down memory lane visiting art galleries and shops along 6th and 7th Streets. The “Tivoli Lights” crisscrossing the streets makes it feel like you’re going to a special party and set the mood for a fun evening. Live music and food trucks add to the festive atmosphere. It is a wonderful free event with new experiences every month.

The First Thursday Artwalk Tour: is different every month – new artists in town, galleries with rotating exhibits, and artists that have been part of the Arts District for years. Each month the tour lasts about one hour and visits different artists and galleries, providing an overview and introduction to San Pedro’s lively Arts District. Visitors enjoy interacting with the artists and curators, learning about the artists’ techniques and inspiration.  The free guided tour provides a focus on a few stops for a one hour introduction, and there is a different itinerary each month. The tour begins at 6:30 in the Chamber of Commerce Board Room Gallery.

Each month the Artwalk tour starts at 6:30, meeting at the San Pedro Chamber of Commerce, 390 W. 7th Street. Contact to receive monthly Artwalk Tour information by email.

New last month, 3rd Saturday Art Walk started on July 15th and continues to August 19th and September 16 from 2:00-6:00 pm